Gravette cel­e­brates ‘Sounds of the Sea­son’

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GRAVETTE — Folks came to Gravette from through­out the area on Satur­day evening, Dec. 1, to help the city cel­e­brate the “Sounds of the Sea­son.” De­spite a brisk wind that kept many bun­dled up in stock­ing hats and warm scarves, cel­e­brants gath­ered early to en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties up and down Main Street.

Many dropped by the Gravette Pub­lic Li­brary open house where young­sters en­joyed col­or­ing hol­i­day scenes and choos­ing a poseable fig­ure from the tree, and ev­ery­one was served hot spiced cider and cook­ies. Oth­ers walked down the street to col­lect a bag with a hot dog, chips and bot­tled wa­ter from Simple Faith Bap­tist Church or warmed up with a cup of hot co­coa from Bea­con Bap­tist Church.

Pa­rade time was an­nounced by the ar­rival of Gravette po­lice cars with blue lights flash­ing, fol­lowed closely by the Gravette High School march­ing band. Band mem­bers, dressed in col­or­ful hol­i­day cloth­ing, played tra­di­tional Christ­mas car­ols as they marched along the pa­rade route and earned a tro­phy for best use of theme for per­form­ing their “Sounds of the Sea­son.”

Sev­eral ve­hi­cles car­ried mem­bers of Gravette Day roy­alty, in­clud­ing Dar­lene McVay, Miss Gravette 2018; Tif­fany Wheeler, Miss Teen Gravette 2018; Ne­Vaeh Cole, Miss Tween Gravette 2018; lit­tle Olive Marie Kane, Miss Tiny Tot 2018; and other Gravette Day win­ners. McVay and Wheeler went to the mu­seum af­ter the pa­rade to hand candy canes to young­sters vis­it­ing Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Other pa­rade en­tries in­cluded a float car­ry­ing ju­nior cheer­lead­ers, a large mil­i­tary trans­port truck and a small group of horse­men, some of whom dec­o­rated their mounts with wreaths around their necks and big red bows on their tails. The ser­vice groups Gravette Ki­wa­nis Club and Gravette Li­ons Club en­tered floats. The Ki­wa­nis en­try fea­tured Snoopy’s dec­o­rated dog­house, and the Li­ons Club ve­hi­cle car­ried Li­ons who are mem­bers of the Old Town String Band per­form­ing hol­i­day tunes.

First As­sem­bly of God Church

en­tered a float with the theme “Sing Unto the Lord.” Fea­tur­ing dec­o­rated trees and young ladies dressed as an­gels, one play­ing a harp, the en­try was awarded the tro­phy for best use of lights. The Gravette Church of Christ also en­tered a float. A city of Gravette float car­ried sev­eral city em­ploy­ees.

Com­mer­cial en­tries in­cluded floats from Ozarks Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal and Metal Build­ing Sup­ply, a large R&R So­lu­tions truck and an SMG con­crete mixer truck dec­o­rated with hol­i­day wreaths, a Lib­erty Util­i­ties truck car­ry­ing a dec­o­rated elec­tric pole, and Larry Jones, rep­re­sent­ing Grumpy’s Peace, Love & Cof­fee, rid­ing a stream­lined pink and black scooter. A Grand Sav­ings Bank ve­hi­cle was fol­lowed by em­ploy­ees dressed as elves, toss­ing candy to the crowd lin­ing the street.

The Dy­namic Rhythm Dance Stu­dio float, with a gaily dec­o­rated tree and a sleigh filled with gift pack­ages, re­ceived the tro­phy for most fes­tive pa­rade en­try. A group of dancers walked be­hind the float and stopped to per­form tap dances along the pa­rade route.

Sev­eral Gravette Fire Depart­ment fire trucks and res­cue ve­hi­cles and an am­bu­lance ap­peared near the end of the pa­rade, and the depart­ment’s big lad­der truck No. 1 brought up the rear. Santa and Mrs. Claus rode high atop the ve­hi­cle, wav­ing to the crowd as they passed by.

Pa­rade en­tries trav­eled to the Gravette His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum where the cel­e­bra­tion con­tin­ued. Santa and Mrs. Claus vis­ited with young­sters in the mu­seum an­nex and heard their re­quests, and mem­bers of sev­eral churches pro­vided cook­ies and hot co­coa to those wait­ing in line. Chris and Tina Crose, from Imag­ine Be­fore and Af­ter School Care, sold Amish ket­tle corn on the grounds.

The his­toric Kind­ley home, beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated by mem­bers of the Gravette Mu­seum Com­mis­sion, was open for tours. Bob and Sandy Kel­ley, dressed as Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Kind­ley, greeted guests at the front door. Mu­seum Com­mis­sion mem­bers pro­vided free hot dogs, chips and soft drinks at the east door and the Gravette Po­lice Depart­ment, and Gravette Fire Depart­ment held a chili cookoff in the back­yard.

Cookoff chefs served sam­ples of their chili, and tasters voted for their fa­vorites by mak­ing cash do­na­tions. When con­tri­bu­tions were counted, the po­lice depart­ment nar­rowly edged the fire depart­ment, col­lect­ing $138 for their Shop with a Cop pro­gram. The fire depart­ment col­lected $128.05 to be given to Christ­mas for Kids.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SU­SAN HOL­LAND

The float from Dy­namic Rhythm Dance Stu­dio, with its gaily dec­o­rated tree and a sleigh car­ry­ing gifts, at­tracted much at­ten­tion in the Gravette Christ­mas pa­rade. The float re­ceived the tro­phy for most fes­tive en­try in the pa­rade and was fol­lowed by a group of tap dancers who showed off some of their dance steps.

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Two horse­back rid­ers on col­or­ful paint ponies smile at the crowd as they make their way down Gravette Main Street. These two rid­ers were part of a small group of horse­men who en­tered the an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade and dressed their horses with wreaths around their necks and big red bows on their tails.

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Mem­bers of the Gravette High School march­ing band, dressed in col­or­ful hol­i­day at­tire, step lively down Main Street dur­ing the Gravette Christ­mas pa­rade. The band en­ter­tained the crowd with hol­i­day car­ols and re­ceived the tro­phy for best use of the pa­rade theme, “Sounds of the Sea­son.”

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A pair of elves from Grand Sav­ings Bank, dressed in hol­i­day red and green, toss candy to young­sters in the crowd dur­ing the Gravette Christ­mas pa­rade Satur­day, Dec. 1. These two were among sev­eral en­trants in the pa­rade who dis­trib­uted sweets to folks along the pa­rade route and kept the young­sters scram­bling to fill their pock­ets.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SU­SAN HOL­LAND

Young Johnny Ran­dall wears a big grin and has a gleam in his eyes as he poses with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Gravette mu­seum an­nex dur­ing the city’s an­nual Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion Dec. 1. Johnny was one of sev­eral young­sters who vis­ited the Clauses at the mu­seum an­nex and shared their hol­i­day wish list.

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Jeff Davis, Al Blair and Bill Mat­tler, mem­bers of the Old Town String Band, ride on the Li­ons Club float in the Gravette Christ­mas pa­rade.

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Two young ladies are busy col­or­ing pages with hol­i­day de­signs at the Gravette Pub­lic Li­brary. The girls were among sev­eral who vis­ited the li­brary and en­joyed the col­or­ing ac­tiv­ity, hol­i­day treats, free cook­ies and spiced cider at an open house just be­fore the Gravette Christ­mas pa­rade.

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